These are the finalists of the Great Pottery Throwdown
Warning: This article contains spoilers about The Great Pottery Throwdown semi-final.
It's one of our favourite craft programmes on TV – and now the fight is on to be crowned the winner of The Great Pottery Throwdown.
After a gripping semi-final on Sunday (5 March), judges Keith Brymer-Jones and Rich Miller picked the three potters to battle it out in the final of the pottery shaping and decorating competition: James, Lois and Jon. Which meant it was sadly time to say goodbye to Caitlin, a medical student from Glasgow, who was knocked out of the show.
It was a gruelling semi-final. This week, all the pottery challenges were bathroom-themed, including making Turkish bath-style sinks and decorative tiles and attempting Moorcroft tube lining, where clay is pushed through a glass tube onto a pot to create a decorative pattern.
Following the same format as previous weeks on the show, presenter Siobhán McSweeney announced the potter of the week at the end of the semi-final – and this week the lucky contestant was Lois.
Judge Keith said: "Lois, potter of the week. Absolutely wonderful, I'm so pleased for her."
Fellow judge Rich agreed, saying: "We've seen every week Lois' personality and her own style, and this week was the epitome of that.
"She was a fitting potter of the week."
Sadly, the show had to say goodbye to Caitlin, who was not sent through with the other contestants to the semi-final.
The 23-year-old potter said: "To be there at the semi final is such a privilege and to see those three succeed onto the final is something I've been able to watch and I'm so thankful for that.
"I've enjoyed every moment of it and I'm going to treasure it for the rest of my life."
Judges Keith and Rich mused on Caitlin leaving and what a brilliant contribution she'd made to the show.
Keith said: "It's going to be so sad to see Caitlin go, she's got such a bubbly personality and such a can-do personality."
And Rich said: "Caitlin gave it a really good go and showed us that ambition, and I'm sure going forward she will be an incredible potter.
"She should leave the pottery with her head held high. It's no mean feat to get to the semi-final."
Jon, James and Lois were all shocked and delighted to make it to the final.
James said: "Before you start, you think about where you might get to, and I genuinely didn't think I'd get to the final, so it really is a surprise. Yay!"
The Great Pottery Throwdown final is on Channel 4 on Sunday 12 March at 9pm.
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